Susan Boyle’s frizzy hair, bushy eyebrows and unique sense of fashion helped make her a star. As the Britain’s Got Talent runner-up shot to fame and became a YouTube sensation judge Amanda Holden vowed she would not have a ‘Hollywood makeover’, saying it would spoil her appeal. It seems that Susan had plans of her own if these photos from September edition of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.
The style bible, normally reserved for A-list actresses such as Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry, transformed the Scottish spinster for her first ever magazine photo shoot. A behind the scenes look at her shoot shows a delighted Susan saying she ‘felt like a movie star’.
The 48-year-old will not be on the cover of the magazine, but will feature in a large spread inside the September issue entitled Susan Boyle: Unsung Hero. A smiling Boyle said: ‘It really made me feel like a Hollywood actress. Had my hair done up.’
Laura Brown, Harper’s special projects editor, was interviewed on NBC’s Today Show. ‘The idea behind the shoot was a very, very simple one,’ she said. ‘It was to take gorgeous, glamorous and sensitive portraits of her. This was her first magazine photo shoot, so you can’t do too much too soon.’
Susan became an overnight sensation when her audition for the show was put on YouTube, with hundreds of millions logging on to watch her sing. ‘She came on to the stage and just transfixed us all,’ said Brown. ‘She’s become a hero to a lot of people with dreams of stardom, or who maybe have a talent but have been too scared to express it. And I think everyone’s heart soared when they saw her sing that day. I think Susan is getting more and more used to being in the spotlight and being on television and being photographed. Since April, you’ve seen her look just day to day become more polished and refined. And she’s growing in her confidence with what she’ll wear and how she’ll be perceived.’
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